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Lick Creek Nature Center13600 Rock Prairie Road College Station, TX 77845979.764.6216
ADDRESS: 13600 Rock Prairie Road
PHONE NUMBER: 979.764.6216
HOURS OF OPERATION:  Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-6 p.m.
CLOSED: June 20 & July 2-4
TRAILS: Close at dusk
PARK CURFEW:
1-5 a.m.

The Lick Creek Nature Center is a 2,400 square-foot facility that includes a meeting room, outdoor classroom, amphitheater, native plant displays and a monarch butterfly garden. It's the focal point of the city's 523-acre Lick Creek Park. Hours of operation include tours, open restrooms and office hours for reservations. No cash or check accepted on-site, credit card only.

The park displays a variety of native plant and animal species, including the endangered Navasota Ladies Tresses. It also offers five miles of marked trails and provides opportunities for hiking, cycling, bird watching, equestrian activities, and nature study. 

Per city ordinance, all dogs must be on a leash when not on your property. Racoon Run Trail is the only off-leash trail in Lick Creek Park and dogs must be under voice control.

SUMMER SCHEDULE

    YOUTH PROGRAMS
    SUMMER CAMPS
    Qualified program coordinators plan ensure your child has fun and learns the presented skills. Full-day campers are asked to bring a lunch, two snacks, and a drink. Half-day campers should bring a snack and drink. Limited spots are available.

    NATURE LUNCH BREAK • REGISTRATION: APRIL 4-THROUGH FIRST CLASS DAY
    If your camper is registered for a morning (8 a.m.-12 p.m.) and afternoon (1-5 p.m.) camp in the same week, you can register them for a supervised lunch break from noon-1 p.m. Board games are available, and campers must bring their lunch.

    Ages 7-12 • $10 • Mon.-Fri. • June 6-10 • 12-1 p.m.
    Ages 7-12 • $10 • Mon.-Fri. • June 13-17 • 12-1 p.m.
    Ages 7-12 • $10 • Tue.-Fri. • June 21-24 • 12-1 p.m.
    Ages 7-12 • $10 • Tue.-Fri. • July 5-8 • 12-1 p.m.
    Ages 7-12 • $10 • Mon.-Fri. • July 11-15 • 12-1 p.m.
    Ages 7-12 • $10 • Mon.-Fri. • July 18-22 • 12-1 p.m.
    Ages 7-12 • $10 • Mon.-Fri. • July 25-29 • 12-1 p.m.

    A BUG’S LIFE • REGISTRATION: APRIL 4-JUNE 3
    Lick Creek is abuzz with bugs! Discover the fantastic insects, arachnids, and other crawlers and flyers around Lick Creek Park. Prepare to catch bugs and learn how they help our ecosystem.

    Ages 7-12 • $100 • Mon.-Fri. • June 6-10 • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

    SILLY SCIENCE • REGISTRATION: APRIL 4-JUNE 3
    Get silly with science! Discover the quirky things nature and science offer as we dive into experiments, paper mâché, crazy crafts, and more!

    Ages 7-12 • $100 • Mon.-Fri. • June 6-10 • 1-5 p.m.

    EXTREME MARINE • REGISTRATION: APRIL 4-FRIDAY BEFORE FIRST CLASS DAY
    Explore the depths of the vast ocean as we sink our hands into aquatic fun as marine scientists. Discover the world’s sea creatures and environments through fun crafts. We’ll also enjoy pirate and mermaid-themed games and activities. 

    Ages 7-12 • $100 • Mon.-Fri. • June 13-17 • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Ages 7-12 • $100 • Mon.-Fri. • July 11-15 • 1-5 p.m.

    DIGGING FOR DINOSAURS • REGISTRATION: APRIL 4-FRIDAY BEFORE FIRST CLASS DAY
    Dig for dinosaurs, clever campers! We’ll learn to identify a dinosaur, play games, and conduct dino-sized crafts and activities. 

    Ages 7-12 • $100 • Mon.-Fri. • June 13-17 • 1-5 p.m.
    Ages 7-12 • $100 • Mon.-Fri. • July 11-15 • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

    NATURE DETECTIVES • REGISTRATION: APRIL 4-JUNE 17
    Think like a detective as we explore nature by problem-solving, searching for clues, asking questions, and observing the great outdoors. Campers uncover the mysteries of Earth’s rain forest, deserts, and tundra.  

    Ages 7-12 • $100 • Tue.-Fri. • June 21-24 • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

    EXTRAORDINARY SITES • REGISTRATION: APRIL 4-JUNE 17
    Campers and counselors use Lick Creek’s trails for adventures, activities, and games as they learn about the world’s exotic landmarks, wonders, cultures, myths, and legends. 

    Ages 7-12 • $100 • Tue.-Fri. • June 21-24 • 1-5 p.m.

    OUTDOOR WILDERNESS SURVIVAL CAMP • REGISTRATION: APRIL 4-FRIDAY BEFORE FIRST CLASS DAY
    Activities take place at Lick Creek Nature Center and surrounding trails. Campers should bring sunscreen, water, and a snack. 

    Day 1: Explore American Indian and pioneer culture. Learn to find and build shelters to prevent getting lost in the wilderness and locate and identify edible and medicinal plants.
    Day 2: Discover how to find and purify water for drinking, make a fire by friction, track animals, and create primitive hunting tools.
    Day 3: We’ll make rope, survival baskets, bows and arrows, animal traps and snares, and throw spears.
    Day 4: Learn forester skills to observe wildlife better and practice your fire-building skills and how to light a campfire with a single match. 
    Day 5: Make soap and toothpaste out of native plants and learn the techniques for campfire cooking. The week ends with a final review and graduation, with each camper receiving an arrowhead. 

    Ages 7-12 • $155 • Mon.-Fri. • June 27-July 1 • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Ages 7-12 • $155 • Mon.-Fri. • July 18-22 • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

    FULL S.T.E.A.M. AHEAD • REGISTRATION: APRIL 4-JULY 1
    Let your creativity come alive! As we explore science, technology, engineering, art, and more inspired by the outdoors, your imagination is the limit. So get ready to build, create, and explore.

    Ages 7-12 • $100 • Tue.-Fri. • July 5-8 • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

    SUPERHERO WEEK • REGISTRATION: APRIL 4-JULY 1

    Explore a marvelous universe of superheroes! Campers create superheroes, stories, and gadgets while learning what being a superhero means and working as a team.   

    Ages 7-12 • $100 • Tue.-Fri. • July 5-8 • 1-5 p.m.

    PEOPLE OF THE PAST • REGISTRATION: APRIL 4-JULY 15

    Explore extraordinary scientists, their inventions, and the impacts they made through activities and crafts involving flight, meteorology, exploration, volcanoes, and more.

    Ages 7-12 • $100 • Mon.-Fri. • July 18-22 • 1-5 p.m.

    REPTILE ROUNDUP • REGISTRATION: APRIL 4-JULY 22
    Ssssummer just got scalier! Join us at Lick Creek Nature Center to learn about the reptiles that live worldwide and those that call the park home. Campers learn about reptiles’ habitats, biology, and unique behavior through fun activities.

    Ages 7-12 • $100 • Mon.-Fri. • July 25-29 • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

    GALAXY QUEST • REGISTRATION: APRIL 4-JULY 22
    Three, two, one, blast off! Explore outer space and discover planets, galaxies, and constellations while creating planets, spaceships, etc.

    Ages 7-12 • $100 • Mon.-Fri. • July 25-29 • 1-5 p.m.

    TEXAS HUNTER'S SAFETY CERTIFICATION  • REGISTRATION: APRIL 4-AUG. 19
    Hunters nine years and older must complete the course to hunt in Texas legally. Participants 13 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Participants must pay an additional $5 in cash to Texas Parks & Wildlife to cover the certificate cost on the class day.

    Ages 9+ • $20 • Sat. • Aug. 20 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  
    ADULT PROGRAMS
    TEXAS HUNTER’S SAFETY CERTIFICATION COURSE • REGISTRATION: APRIL 4-AUG. 19
    Hunters nine years and older must complete the course to hunt in Texas legally. Participants 13 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Participants must pay an additional $5 in cash to Texas Parks & Wildlife to cover the certificate cost on the class day.

    Ages 9+ • $20 • Sat. • Aug. 20 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 
    ALL AGES WELCOME
    SATURDAY EXHIBIT UNVEILING
    Each Saturday, we unveil a new exhibit for all ages with interactive activities throughout the week during regular hours of operation. Topics feature mammals, owls, snakes, birds, vegetation, butterflies, and more. We won’t unveil an exhibit on July 2.

    All Ages • Free • Sat. • May 7-Aug. 27 • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    B’EARTHDAY PACKAGES
    Create a unique birthday experience for your young explorers to celebrate their special day. B’EARTHday Packages can be purchased in addition to your Lick Creek Nature Center rental (meeting room, outdoor classroom or amphitheater). Packages include an hour-long activity and hike led by members of the Lick Creek Nature Center staff. Choose a party based on the child’s interests and age group. B’EARTHday Packages must be booked at least two weeks in advance. For more information, call 979.764.6216 or email [email protected].

    BUGGIN’ OUT
    Get ready to discover the insects that call Lick Creek Park home. Our hike will include a scavenger hunt as we explore the habitats and food sources of local bugs. Activities include crafts and exhibits showcasing our many-legged friends.

    Ages 3-8 • $75 + facility rental • March 1-Nov. 22

    DIGGIN’ FOR DINOS
    Calling all explorers! We need your expertise as we discover what makes dinosaurs so great. Activities include digging for dinosaurs, creating our very own fossils, and observing dinosaur characteristics. Kids will enjoy a fun lesson in an exciting and enriching hands-on environment. 

    Ages 4-8 • $75 + facility rental • All Seasons 

    GROW AS WE GO
    Sharpen your horticulture skills as we take a look at the plants growing around us. We’ll discover what plants need to survive and the importance of our interactions with the environment. Activities include crafts, a hike, and planting your own seeds.

    Ages 7-12 • $75 + facility rental • All Seasons 

    PRICING
    All fees are for parties of 10 children. Each additional child is $10, with a 15-child maximum. The birthday child and their siblings under 3 years of age are free and do not count toward your party.

    RENTERS' RESPONSIBILITIES 
    Renters are required to supervise the party and ensure that educational items in the room are used properly and put away. A minimum of two adult chaperones are required at all times, including on the hike. Renters are responsible for adhering to the rental policies regarding set-up and clean-up.
    FIELD TRIPS
    As you look forward to the school year, you may still be longing for more fun in the sun. That’s a good reason to incorporate Lick Creek Nature Center field trips into your lesson plans as a way to enhance your student’s learning experience.

    The free, instructor-led field trips offer kindergarteners through sixth graders an engaging outdoor learning adventure that builds on classroom topics. Environmental education themes include wildlife biology, water cycle, plants, ecosystem, and organism identification.

    The maximum number of students we can accommodate varies based on the field trip. In general, we can take groups of up to 60 people. Depending on the program, field trips last 2-3 hours with an option for students to bring lunch and eat on-site. Each journey starts with a safety overview before dividing into three groups of about 20 students.

    GRADES
    Kindergarten-6th Grade

    SEMESTER SCHEDULES
    Fall: September-November
    Spring: February-May

    HOURS OF AVAILABILITY
    Monday-Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 
    Wednesday-Friday: Noon-5 p.m. 

    BROCHURE
    >> Link (PDF)

    Trips must be booked in advance, and dates and times are subject to availability. To schedule a field trip, contact Brooke Littlefield at 979.764.3725 or complete the online request form.

    We look forward to hitting the trails with you!
    RENTAL INFORMATION
    FACILITY RENTALS
    Fees are per hour with a $200 deposit. Two-hour minimum.

    MEETING ROOM

    Non-Resident - $120
    Resident - $100

    OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

    Non-Resident - $42
    Resident - $35

    AMPHITHEATER
    Non-Resident - $42
    Resident - $35

    FACILITY PHOTOS
    Click here to view album.

    RENTALS DETAILS
    Rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis and will not be held without proper documentation and fees. Reservations can be made by calling 979.764.6216 or by visiting the Lick Creek Nature Center, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

    DEPOSITS

    A security deposit is required for rentals. Portions or all of the deposit will be forfeited if damage, extra maintenance, or extraordinary cleanup occurs as a result of rental. Deposits will be refunded on the following conditions: (1) terms of your rental have been met, (2) facilities are left in good condition, or (3) cancellation procedures have been followed.

    CANCELLATION & REFUNDS
    Cancellation refunds more than 10 days: If the rental is cancelled, in writing, at least ten (10) days in advance of the originally scheduled date, a full refund of fees and deposits, including security deposit, will be returned to customer.
     
    Cancellation refunds less than 10 days: If the rental is cancelled, in writing, less than ten (10) days but more than 48 hours in advance of the originally scheduled date, deposits, including security deposits, will be forfeited by the customer in favor of the City.
     
    Cancellation refunds less than 48 hours: If the rental is cancelled, in writing, less than 48 hours in advance of the originally scheduled date, all fees and deposits, including security deposits, will be forfeited by the customer in favor of the City.
     
    Cancellation due to inclement weather: At the sole discretion of the City, if the event cannot be held or rescheduled due to inclement weather, fees and deposits, including security deposit shall be refunded to customer.
     
    Deposit refund post event: If the facility is left to standard and required keys (if applicable) are returned within 24 hours, the customer's deposit will be refunded. 

    All refunds are processed within 30 days of request by check. No cash refunds will be issued.

    FACILITY RENTAL REQUEST FORM
    Click here to request a rental. Submittal of this request form does not guarantee availability for the facility and date(s) requested.

    FREE EQUIPMENT RENTALS
    Check out binoculars, field guides and Junior Naturalist Adventure packs at the Nature Center during hours of operation. A driver’s license is required for checkout and will be held at the nature center until items are returned.

LINKS

TRAIL MAP
View the Lick Creek Park trail map: Link (PDF)

LICK CREEK GREENWAY TRAIL
Hike and bike trail connecting Lick Creek Park to Creek View Park: Link

FIELD RESEARCH APPLICATION
Application required for natural resources or social science studies in the park: Link (PDF)
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